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Honda's China plants halt production as workers strike for higher salaries

2010-05-27 13:22:33 GMT2010-05-27 21:22:33 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

GUANGZHOU, May 27 (Xinhua) -- The assembly plants of Japan's second-largest automaker Honda in China have been forced to halt production as workers at a parts maker went on strike demanding higher salaries.

Hundreds of workers, wearing white uniforms, red-and-white caps and even masks, rallied at the compound of the Nanhai Honda Auto Parts Manufacturing Company Thursday in Foshan of southern Guangdong Province, asking for an increase of 800-1,000 yuan (118-147 U.S. dollars) in their monthly pay.

Workers said the strike started on May 17 and more than 1,000 people have taken part.

Another workers surnamed He told Xinhua that some of them only earn 900 yuan a month, which is lower than the minimum wage in Foshan.

Due to the strike, another Honda plant in central Chinese city of Wuhan, the Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co, suspended production as the supplies of gear-boxes came to a halt.

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